My retirement from hyperactivity on DesignCrowd.com lasted for about a month now and I almost bypassed my contest win. I was already in autopilot highlighting junkmail and trashing it all. But, this time the email preview on my phone looked a little different. “Design Selected,” “Payment and Files Approved!”, and “New Message” were unusual subjects for my eyes. Wow, was my heart racing. Obviously, I opened the email that said “payment”. LoL. And it was true. My eyes did not deceive me! MY FIRST CONTEST WIN!
If my fiancé were home he’d be the first to know. Instead, I called my mommy. (wink). Both were not aware of my contest submission for The Espresso Masters. Likewise I was unaware of my design being considered. It was a surprise for everyone, even my PayPal account.
My stomach felt light. My chest full of butterflies. I refreshed between email and Design Crowd account for a reality check. It’s real. I ever got a little teary eyed. This win definitely gives me a boost out of my graphic design woes. Knowing myself though I just have to be cool and humble about this win. It’s a small penny for a couple hours of work. My heart will be persistent.
This design helped me find my style and figure out a presentation that. Honestly, it’s thanks to The Espresso Master’s thorough description of what they wanted in a design that helped. I wasn’t initially invited to the contest, so I’m glad I stumbled upon it. And my purchase of the Back to Basics Index book helped me stay focused as well.
It’s always a good idea to go back to the basics. That’s exactly what I need during my designers block frustrations. I contemplated whether I needed a graphic design book because the Internet has so much information! But, I’m a little over reading on web all day and I wanted to flip pages. I may not be able to zoom into the pictures like I do on the iPad, but the texture and smell of a textbook I kinda miss. =P I also miss the basics of graphic design. So, I browsed through the pages of “Design Basics Index” by Jim Krause at my local Books-A-Million. I actually judged this book from it’s copyright date, 2004, and I wondered if a 2004 graphic design could be outdated by 2013. Another book I looked at that was published in 2010 was very eye catchy and maybe double the size of Design Basics. I guess that’s sort of like judging book by it’s looks, so I really read into these books; a little here and there per section, per chapter, per cover. Design Basics was the perfect fit because is has exercises scattered through the book and it was just the whole package with good and bad examples. It was about making conscious decisions and not just placing that logo in the corner just because it looks good. I needed more reason in my designs because I was kind of designing to things that looked cool. Then, I couldn’t get myself out of that initial design. That means I ran out of ideas. So, the basics will definitely refresh my brain on my community college practice. The university doesn’t let you practice all that much, which I hope changes for the better. I’m looking forward to evolving.